“Smoke, Lies, and Revelations – Struggle for Truth During America’s Lying Times (Nov. 23rd, 1963 thru Jan 20th, 2009, + Aug, 2009): Part 1: “50s thru early 70s – Politics, Truth, and the Furious Market in Enlightenment Lobotomies”









Smoke, Lies &
Revelations: One Person’s Lifelong Struggle for Truth During America’s Lying

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Smoke, Lies, and Revelations: One Person’s Lifelong Struggle for Truth
During America’s Lying Times (November 23rd, 1963 through January 20th, 2009)

"Smoke, Lies, and Revelations – Struggle for Truth During
America’s Lying Times (Nov. 23rd, 1963 thru Jan 20th, 2009, + August, 2009):

Part 1:  50s thru early 70s – Politics, Truth, and
the Furious Market in Enlightenment Lobotomies" by SillyMickel Adzema
(sound bite 
  From the Collection of Audio Presentations by
SillyMickel Adzema titled:
Unspun – the Smoke, Lies, and Revelations sound bites


Click the audio player below for my reading, with
elaboration and context, on this posting:


Lies, and Revelations – Struggle for Truth During America’s Lying Times (Nov.
23rd, 1963 thru Jan 20th, 2009, + August, 2009): Part 1: 50s thru early 70s –
Politics, Truth, and the Furious Market in Enlightenment Lobotomies" by
SillyMickel Adzema sound bite  History Unspun – the Smoke, Lies, and
Revelations sound bites


SillyMickel Adzema was born just before the collapse of
certainty and traditional truths in America during the 1960s. For many that
decade, with the Vietnam War as the backdrop, was a time of confusion. The
traditional bellwethers for morality and behavior had been undermined from
several fronts.  Honesty and truth had been — since the McCarthy era of
the early 50s — shaky, uncertain, and vulnerable. With the rise of the power
of huge corporations during this period, and with competition and profit
rapidly eroding all values and making truth the servant of the (always hidden)
agenda, truth and honesty were the first of life’s pillars to be invaded and
occupied. While it was gradual, secretive, and so went largely undetected, some
astute observers were not fooled and even tried to warn the nation.


Books were written in the 50s about the changing values
influenced or directly the result of the amassing of power in these huge
corporations. These exposes increased in number during the early 60s — Organization Man (1956) by William Whyte,
David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd (1950),
C. Wright Mill’s trilogy on power:  The
New Men of Power
(1946), White Collar
(1951), and The Power Elite (1956), along with his obviously relevant Character and Social Structure (1953). Books
like Erich Fromm’s The Sane Society (1955)
and Presthus’s The Organizational Society
(1963) made arguably more serious criticisms that the psychological map of
Americans were being negatively affected in important areas.


The most significant warning came from the President of the
United States who had presided over this post WWII rise of corporations. Dwight
D. Eisenhower in his final televised address to the nation before leaving
office warned against the power and influence of the military-industrial
complex. Prophetic and prescient, his words — often quoted over the decades
since — included "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted
influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex…."


With Americans caught between opposing evils of confusion
and anomy and being assimilated by corporate culture ("resistance is
futile"), many suffered through, or clung to traditional ways, especially
the elderly, and ignored the assaults on their credibility.


There was an astounding era of unity and enthusiasm during
the Kennedy years, where corporate culture was subsumed under lofty ideals,
which included both technological advance — and thus harnessed corporate
energy in a positive direction, and social and intercultural advance, as for
example with the Peace Corps. Fragmentation and anomy were forgotten as America
believed it was involved in higher causes emanating out of the times that
seemed powerful enough to propel everyone into the future with all the
fragmentation following and somehow working itself out eventually.


When he was murdered, arguably by the Mafia but either in
collusion or under pressure from powers aligned with that military-industrial
complex, of which Eisenhower spoke, the floor fell out from beneath aspiring
Americans, leaving them empty, directionless, and therefore vulnerable.


Almost immediately after JFK’s murder, Johnson escalated
the war and funding for it. America had its first coup; its first massive
cover-up and Big Lie. Over the next forty-six years, with Republicans taking
over soon enough and holding onto Executive Power for all but seventeen years,
including Johnson’s five years, the tendencies that began in the Fifties
involving the gathering of power into fewer and fewer hands, and the use of
that power to influence the beliefs, ideals, and even psychology of the masses,
increased and became more severe, pervasive, and threatening up to the point of
the outright lunacy and obvious deceptions and manipulations that were evident
under George W. Bush. Only at that point, with year after year throwing up
scandals, corruptions, misgovernment, several stolen Presidential elections, an
unnecessary war, runaway deficits, and most significantly, right from the
start, another massive transfer of wealth upward to benefit that small elite
and increase their power, were Americans finally beginning to open their eyes
to the ways they’d been lied to, used, and robbed by the rich and powerful. It
took all that, which played out on the media nightly, year after year, with no
recourse even for impeachment because of an ill-timed agreement between the
parties about impeachment that had come out of the debacle of the impeachment
attempt on Clinton, to create the cracks in the Matrix, or web of Big Lies
built up over nearly 50 years. So that finally an authentic man, a man not of the
powerful elite, could win the Presidency handily.


However, before that last event and over the course of
those decades Americans saw essentially the rise of a one party government, a
consolidation of the mass media and its subservience, along with the
government’s, to that same small group of people and powers, aligned with the
huge corporation and serving its interests for profits and for enrichment of
the already filthy rich. With most powers and most institutions, including
education and publishing, orchestrated to the ends of a mighty few, there existed
a pervasive — however very slick and clever — propaganda and cover-up
apparatus constantly at work to fill or bend the minds of Americans along lines
not in their interests, but rather those of these hidden powers with their
corporate and political fronts. So pervasive and overwhelming was this effort
at mind control and misinformation that it mirrored that of the Soviet Union
during the Cold War.


Since it provided no comfort, motivating people through the
strategic use of terror and the incitement to hatred, it left that aspect
wanting and many people — pushed to desperation and irrationality because of
the continual terror and hatred campaigns — ran to traditional religions or
clung feverishly to any one of the many alternatives offering easy one stop
full service truth — whether evangelical, political, ideological, or


In this context at no time was there an opening for the
kind of rational or thoughtful, peaceful and considered pursuit of truth,
insight, or enlightenment that had characterized the eras that had actually led
to the birth of America and its system of democracy, freedoms, and rights. By
this I mean that since 1963, there was little room in America for any of the
elements that characterized the Reformation, the Renaissance, the Age of Reason
or Rationalism, or the Age of Enlightenment — whose adherents and tenets
spawned the American experiment.


Indeed, I personally observed the downfall of the ideal of
education in the liberal arts. A liberal arts college education had been
regarded, since the birth of America, as a preeminent basis for further
education and for life and career in general for those who would be among the
educated and eventually the leaders and decision-makers of society. Its ideals
came directly out of the Enlightenment and Renaissance ideals of a
well-rounded, diversely educated, and broadly knowledgeable individual and
citizen. It was wisely considered that such broadly knowledgeable and broadly
thinking leaders would benefit society in the wisdom, social consciousness, and
moral conscience, indeed, selflessness, and social service ideals that would be
part of that kind of exposure to diverse views.


But the Vietnam War had seen increasingly larger degrees of
complaint, criticism, resistance, and defiance to its pursuit from these
liberal arts campuses. I was on campus and was part of it. I also saw how the
campuses were purged of the liberal thinkers — professors were fired,
departments of philosophy, religious studies, history, and the other liberal
arts were cut back, often to be eliminated entirely. It had become clear to the
people at the top that they could better manipulate the masses without free
thinkers in the way. They did not want smart people noticing, that’s for sure.
At the same time, it was deemed a good idea to train people for corporate
niches that were becoming increasingly complex.


So liberal arts ideals were bulldozed away to make room for
the career tracks leading directly into positions in management, medicine, law,
and many new and highly specialized niches — usually the kind of
specialization that would not occur until the postgraduate years, or after
graduation directly on the job. I’m talking about such tracks as international
finance and the like.


Students were no longer taught the great ideas of the
millennia, ideas that had stood the test of time and influenced numerous
societies and nations and individuals. Rather, if corporations were seen or
heard to be needing, say, people knowledgeable in inter-managerial,
midcorporate, communicative intercourse and response, well entire four year
programs were built around that. Add that kind of narrowly focused citizenry
with its ephemeral knowledge and you have the kind of population that will do
the bidding of the overseers and be happy for their fat paychecks — until
their narrow niche of "knowledge" becomes obsolete because of the
development of a new way of approaching or handling things, equally as
ephemeral, but more efficient or something, and itself to become outmoded
eventually. They will be happy for their paychecks, not knowing of any higher
ideals than greed and accumulation. They will not know of their manipulation,
would not know of the historical predecessors to it or the like. They would not
have training in original thought but rather in training in decided upon
processes and procedures and the jargon accompanying it. So they would become
rote learners of narrowly applicable and short-lived "knowledge."
This would remove the educated class as a barrier to any kind of totalitarian


So we can consider ourselves to be better in America. For
totalitarianism — as, for example, under Stalin, Mao, or the Khmer Rouge — is
usually accompanied by the slaughter of the educated. In my own lifetime, in
Cambodia at least one million were killed wantonly, anyone with education was
slated for death. But in America, we are better because we just seduce them
away from higher aspirations of the soul to the lower base impulses that are
satisfied with what money can buy. The corporations buy their talent and their
potential for high achievement and all the rewards that come with rich lives of
insight and personal growth; in exchange for their moneyed positions they
receive an enlightenment lobotomy. Should they feel dissatisfied — as we
psychologists and liberal arts thinkers know they will sooner or later —
others of their kind who took the medical or pharmaceutical tracks have
conveniently produced the sedatives, palliatives, and opiates to keep them
numb. I guess you could say these are the "breathing holes" that Kurt
Cobain talked about. They may put you in a jar, but they’ll give you
"breathing holes," and you’ll think you’re happy, he sang.



So this is the context of my life in terms of the
increasing suppression of truth.  Since Kennedy’s time and because of the
Vietnam War protests, I have seen the increasing web of deceit cover this land.
I have seen things with my own eyes that have been changed when reported to the
country and written into history books. I have seen the 1984 of George Orwell
creep into America unseen — slick and gradual and perfect, as only the best
minds, paid handsomely by the people with the wealth, can concoct. A
well-regarded book about Bush’s America recently published and tallying the
actions and events of the last eight years concludes without equivocation that
America had become a dictatorship.


I believe that to be true, but even if it did not rise to
that level, whatever it did rise to did not happen overnight and just because
of one administration. Bush’s dictatorship was the end result of the slick
suppression of truth and manipulation of the masses that had its roots in the
50s, took the helm after killing Kennedy, and went into all-out war stance when
confronted by the backlash of the educated in the late 60s and very early 70s.


As for what follows from here in this narrative: This if
the story of one person’s life in those times.  This is the story of one
person’s involvement in those times as Forrest-Gump-like he found himself
caught up in all the major trends over the last sixty years either through
first hand observation or through the fact that as a writer and avid follower
of the events of the day — in an era that seemed his whole life to be peppered
with national and international surprises and upheavals, some positive; others
mostly not.


In particular, it is the story of my quest for truth during
those times. Through a coincidence of birth, genetics, and upbringing, and
because in general a quest for truth requires too much time involvement and is
usually not a higher priority over things like family and community, my quest
for truth, foregoing family, wealth, and community ties, was unusual for my
times. I found few fellow travelers. I had a life different from most, one
which took me to live, to study, and to participate in places and with groups
around and around the country for 40 years. Many of these groups and places and
the activities and thinking would be considered exotic or alien to most
Americans, and if they’d heard about these developments, for most people it was
something that was happening far away from them with people they did not know,
and was on top of that reported to them in a way to distort and misinform.


So many of the events of my life would not be well known,
although some of the things I was involved in had major influences on our
country. For example, the cessation of the building of nuclear power plants in
the early 80s. Not many people could tell you why or how that happened. I was
one of the people involved in bringing that about. I was not one of the major
players up front. But I was involved full-time over a couple year period that
led up to the events that stopped nuclear power construction to this day. I can
tell you what happened.


What’s instructive is that at least one of the other
persons involved once tried to get the story of what happened published. He
wasn’t a writer and nobody cared to publish the story. It is one of those
stories that you will only hear from our opponents and for most people it will
have been chalked up to some confusing mysterious and random events. It was
not. It was something that was desired, worked for, and hoped for by people who
knew the dire consequences of nuclear energy and the people behind it who had
no concept of that or conscience.


To put one leg of this narrative on terra firma I can tell
you this at this time: Peter DeFazio, congressman from Oregon, was one of the
players. This happened just before he won his seat; and if memory serves me it
was one of the reasons that he won. He was one of the people who came in at the
conclusion to play a critical role. I knew him casually, as an acquaintance. He
was my neighbor at this time, too, living in the house across the street from
me, in Springfield, Oregon. I personally canvassed him at his house on this
issue for the organization I was working for. We had a nice talk about the
nuclear and other issues. He contributed and was a member of our organization.
He is a very, very good man.


I rarely heard of him on TV in the 25+ years since I left
Oregon. He is one of the people who would tell you the truth, so obviously he
would not be one of those speaking to you on TV. Interestingly, I have already
seen him on TV since Obama took office, however. I don’t consider any of this
to be coincidence.


As for my life and my quest, I can tell you that the
pursuit of truth is a solitary journey. But, as I’ve alluded, I have an unusual
and particular personal history in childhood that turned me a particular way. I
also have a very common set of experiences in growing up that led me to the
average American’s thorough belief in the transcendence of America, its
superiority as a nation and a form of government, and as the leader of the free
world, based on individual rights. I also was brought up believing that freedom
of the press and the other rights and institutions — such as shared powers in
government, a balance of powers — gave our country a foundation to provide
like no other the discovery and the reporting of events most closely in
alignment with the facts, the actual truth. That is the way I was taught; I had
no basis or evidence to believe otherwise.


However, when I had my first personal experience with a
major national lie at the age of 19 — one that involved an obvious collusion
of State Department, Department of Defense, and all the major newspapers in
America — I was shaken. When I saw that one day later all the local media
followed up by headlining stories that further misinformed, and that nowhere
was the truth of what one million people experienced on a day that would go
down in history forever after reported inaccurately, I was further changed.
Indeed, I have checked the history books and they tell the story of what I saw
with my own eyes inaccurately, following the newspaper reports, which followed
the reports from unknown sources in the Department of Defense. Even the idea
that anyone would take Department of Defense’s version of the largest anti-war
demonstration in history as the basis for the story of that day is telling.


Then I was to find out that the story of that day and its
coverage was bigger in some arenas than it should have been. Howard K. Smith
lost his job at ABC over the telling of the truth of that day. People remember
him from the PBS channel; some of us who are older remember that he was one of
the major anchors at ABC. What would cause such a precipitous event as his
firing? Well, it had to do with the fact that ABC news was scheduled and fully
prepared to do dawn to dusk coverage of Moratorium Day 15 November 1969. One
million people flooded into Washington, D.C., the largest gathering for an
event, save Woodstock, in American history, and for the purpose of stopping a
war. Mom, Pop, and the kids and the students came from all 50 states. The buses
were lined up and I personally saw buses that came from the West Coast, from
Wisconsin, from Washington State, and so on. It was phenomenal.


Well, before coverage could begin over at ABC, as it turns
out, word came down from "on high," meaning outside of the news
department. People like to say that it doesn’t matter who owns a media outlet,
like, say Rupert Murdoch now owns the Wall Street Journal. They say editorial
policy is not affected by who owns it. Well that day whoever controlled and
owned ABC decided that their personal interests were going to be hurt by
showing a gathering of that many people amassing against the war — one out of
every 200 people living in America managed to personally show up, how many more
would have come if they could, how many more would be at home watching and
would be stirred and influenced by such a sight.


When Woodstock saw such numbers it was talked about in the
media and it became history. But the people who pull the strings in this
country pulled the strings at ABC that day and changed what would be reported
as history. And it would be a lie. As for the News Department at ABC having
independence. Well, Howard K. Smith, veteran and senior news reporter at the
time was so incensed and so insistent on finding out who and how and why this
coverage was changed from dusk to dawn to practically nothing, that it led to
his dismissal. If he was angry about it, angry enough to get fired over it, can
you not imagine that the entire News Department was against the change?


So who determined what would be the truth that day. Well,
it certainly wasn’t news reporters. The story is only that it came from
"on high." I guess from that you can discern that ownership made the
decision that day; and we have no idea how many other times it has done that.
And we can only conclude that just the threat of interference will keep the
media in line with the interests of ownership. And we can only conclude that
when senior people, household names, are fired on the spot, that it sends a
message that only grows stronger with the years, especially as ownership will
make the decisions behind the scenes as to the kind of reporters it will even
have working for them.


By the way, a more recent example of such a thing happening
has to do with the dismissal of Dan Rather. You’ve probably heard the
ownership’s slant on that story. You should listen to him tell the story some
time. It’s quite different, and Dan Rather’s position, if it had not been
undermined might have led to Al Gore, not George Bush, getting the Presidency
in 2000.  That’s another thing to think about when you think that we have
a free press in this country; or if you should think that any ownership
involvement in the news has little or no consequences.


Back to my story, this incident has to do with my
understanding of the truth and history as it relates to the media and their
coverage. For on the days following what should have been one of the major
events in American history and should have been influential in the course the
war would take after that day, my belief in America’s premier role, because of
its supposed rights, such as "freedom of the press," in being the
most reliable in getting to the real story and reporting events as close to
actuality as humans are capable of was shattered forever. Never again would I
look at a story out of the mainstream press, no matter how widely reported and/
or held to be fact, without looking for the possible  agendas and forces
that would affect the veracity of what was being said.


So, again this is the story of my life, but more
importantly it is the story of one person’s passionate quest for truth, and how
he gradually uncovered a good deal of its many aspects — personal, historical,
social, cultural, political, especially spiritual, and so much more.


Unfortunately while this story is personally gratifying, it
has led me to the most disturbing truth of all time, something widely known,
something dire, something so big that most people — in keeping with the times
of smoke and lies — are finding it easy to look away, even at the cost of
their lives and those of their children.  (To be continued.)


Click the audio player below for my reading, with
elaboration and context, on this posting:


Lies, and Revelations – Struggle for Truth During America’s Lying Times (Nov.
23rd, 1963 thru Jan 20th, 2009, + August, 2009): Part 1: 50s thru early 70s –
Politics, Truth, and the Furious Market in Enlightenment Lobotomies" by
SillyMickel Adzema sound bite  History Unspun – the Smoke, Lies, and
Revelations sound bites




Oh, yeah,
"they’ll give you breathing holes, and you’ll think you’re happy."
Kurt Cobain knew:






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About sillymickel

Activist, psychotherapist, pre- and perinatal psychologist, author, and environmentalist. I seek to inspire others to our deeper, more natural consciousness, to a primal, more delightful spirituality, and to taking up the cause of saving life on this planet, as motivated by love.
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